My local range had a open house this weekend. A rep from S&W was there with a decent assortment of their handguns for demo firing. My 1st pick was the 1911 pro series 9mm. - Excellent trigger, balance, ergonomics with an extremely low recoil. Action was smooth as silk. Of course with a street price of $1200+ it should be outstanding. Value for that price, that's a tough call for me. Would I own one If I had unlimited funds, probably, but just being a poor working stiff, doubtful. My 2nd pick was M&P 9. - Was not that impressed. (I'm not comparing it to the above) Trigger was average, sights were hard for me to focus in on. Highest felt recoil of any 9MM I have ever fired. Good ergonomics. It felt a little heavier than I thought it would be. Compared to other 9mm's that I've shot in it's price range, I would say it's a slightly above average value at around $500.